Ellen, age 85, had had diabetes for years. In her younger years, she had done an excellent job keeping her blood sugar level within target ranges. She took her medicine at the right times and in proper doses. She followed her meal plan and stayed physically active. However, as she got older, Ellen had more trouble. She sometimes forgot to take her medicine. Once she even forgot having taken her insulin and took a second dose, which landed her in the hospital. She also had some trouble with making meals, which affected her blood sugar, too.
Ellen’s adult children recognized that she needed some help, but they knew they couldn’t be with their mother as often as she needed because of job and family responsibilities. They solved Ellen’s problem by contacting an elderly care agency and hiring the help she needed. Ellen and her family were pleasantly surprised to learn just how much elderly care could do to help Ellen get back on track with managing her diabetes. Below are 5 of the many things elderly care can do to help older adults with diabetes to keep the disease under control.
#1: Medication Reminders
Elderly care providers cannot administer medication to older adults. However, they can remind the senior when it is time to take medicine. They can also monitor to ensure the right amount is taken and that the older adult doesn’t take medicine too often.
#2: Balanced Meals
Healthy balanced meals are important for diabetes management. Usually, diabetics have a meal plan to follow that helps them to keep blood sugar levels steady and within target ranges. An elderly care provider can help the senior to come up with meals that fall within the meal plan guidelines. In addition, an elderly care provider can take the older adult to the grocery store and help them shop. Elderly care providers can cook meals for the senior, too.
#3: Tracking Blood Sugar
Tracking blood sugar levels is an important part of diabetes management because it helps the doctor to see if the treatment plan is working or if it needs to be changed. Some seniors have vision problems that make it hard for them to read the blood sugar monitor and write down the results. An elderly care provider can read the results of the test and record it.
#4: Foot Care
Diabetics need to take special care of their feet to prevent infections that can lead to amputations. An elderly care provider can inspect and wash the senior’s feet every day, alerting family caregivers of any potential problems, such as blisters or cuts.
#5: Transportation to Appointments
Diabetics need to see the doctor regularly. An elderly care provider can drive them to their appointments. In addition, the elderly care provider can offer transportation to the pharmacy to pick up medications and testing supplies.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Elderly Care Glenolden, PA, please contact the friendly staff at Suma Home Care.
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Ibrahim recently completed a Professional Certificate in Management; He is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) at a prestigious university in the UK.
With their passion for helping others and a strong background in customer services and clinical care, Ibrahim and his wife started assisting individuals in their homes.
Since started and operating Suma Home Care in 2010 in the basement of their home, Suma Home Care has provided professionals who work endlessly in providing clients with the highest quality of care, while enabling clients to maintain dignity, comfort and safety in their homes.
Suma Home Care, serves four counties in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia. Ibrahim is firmly connected to his local community and is always looking for ways to give back whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Ibrahim enjoys spending time with his wife and children, travelling and enjoys sports.
Mariama Suma-Keita BSN RN
Born in Sierra Leone west Africa, relocated to America in 1999 from a civil war and settled since in the U.S.A as a Naturalized citizen Graduated from National school of nursing with an associate , and completed BSN in Nursing from Immaculata University graduated with Honor roll Alpha Lambda sigma, After escaping the war served as a refugee nurse in Gambia and Guinea to other displaced refugees before coming to America.
In the states started in Homecare then then transition into hospital, worked in Jefferson hospital as a Registered nurse on Tele and general medsurg floor, also worked in Einstein hospital as an oncology transplant nurse , I realized that I enjoy working with patients so much and believe in quality and compassionate care one at a time dealing with an holistic approach in caring for patients and family in a familiar environment called home , I see the impact and progress when they’re home , it makes them feel relax and progress fast with recovering at home. As a nurse and entrepreneur I understand that dedication to meeting people and families needs is a priority, and able to foster relationships with family and patients that is professional and friendly to help them stay and settled home as a desire.